Albany Distilling Company keeps adding addresses to its portfolio. The latest, made public Thursday, is 10-12 Yates Street in Schenectady. That’s where the three-year-old company plans additional distilling operations and a restaurant. It will repurpose a former office-and-warehouse space that back in February was being proposed as the location of Schenectady’s first wine bar.
Renovation of the buildings will be supported in part by a $60,000 renovation grant from the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority, according to company owners John Curtin and Richard Sicari.
Albany Distilling, located at 78 Montgomery Street next to the Albany Pump Station restaurant and brewery off Quackenbush Square in Albany, recently opened a “pop up” tasting bar, which the state refers to as a “branch office,” at 57 Third Street in Troy, near the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Thus, it now will have operations in three cities. Given that its products usually bear some label reference to a local name — Ironweed, Quackenbush, ALB, etc. — don’t be surprised to see references to Troy and Schenectady cropping up in future products.
The Albany company is owned by founder John Curtin and Richard Sicari. Former founding co-partner Matt Jager recently opened Yankee Distilling with new partners Walt Kleemeier and Scott Luning. Michael Roman, owner of the C2 Design Architecture firm, and Ryan Lucey, a Niskayuna developer, were behind the original wine bar proposal.
No firm timeline has been announced for the project, but the restaurant portion of it already has a head chef. He is David Gibson, former head chef at Creo in the Albany County suburb of Guilderland. In line with the company’s “farm distillery” designation, the restaurant will follow a farm-to-table regimen, with a barbecue influence. Gibson has worked for the restaurant company White Management at its restaurant Mangia and with its Creo Caters operation before moving into the Creo kitchen as sous chef, then stepping up to the executive chef role. His resume also includes cooking for the Mazzone Hospitality group at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, and Angelo’s Tavolo in the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.
This is the third distillery operation that has made news in the Capital Region in recent weeks. In addition to last month’s opening of Yankee Distilling in Clifton Park, opposite the Shmaltz Brewery that opened there last year, the beginning of an as-yet-unnamed distillery project was announced this week in Saratoga Springs. At this point, neither of those two has a restaurant component.